Body recovered after vehicle drives off bridge in Sussex County

SUSSEX COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) – Virginia State Police are investigating a deadly crash in Sussex County.

Troopers said someone reported seeing a vehicle drive off the Nottoway River Bridge at Route 301, near Stoney Creek around 5 p.m. Thursday. When police arrived on scene, they found the vehicle submerged in the water.

The State Police Search and Rescue Team were called to the scene and recovered a body. The driver was identified as 28-year-old Chaley Markee Brown.

Investigators said Brown lost control of her vehicle, ran off the road and struck a guardrail. She then over corrected, ran off the road and struck the railing of the bridge, causing the vehicle to flip over the bridge.

Police say Brown was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. It also remains unclear if alcohol played a factor.

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